If you don’t, I guess you’re still in the 20th century…
Just don’t assume I’m joking or making fun of people. I’m extremely serious here…
Before taking a look at the newbie blogging tips, let me give a simple introduction about BLOG!
What is a Blog?
So, what does the word Blog means anyway?
There are few definitions from experienced bloggers on ‘what is a blog’? However, I will just include this particular one that impressed me since I started blogging:-
A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called “blogging”. Individual articles in a blog are called “blog posts”, “posts “or “entries”. A person who posts these entries is called “blogger”. A blog compromises text , hypertext, images, and links(to other web pages and video, audio and other files). Blogs use a conversational style of documentation. Often blogs focus on particular “are of interest”, such as Washington D.C.’s political goings-on. Some blogs discuss persona experiences.’Source
I hope this detailed definition would have made you understand what a blog is and blogging is all about.
Let’s move to our main topic for today…
Nowadays, I’m amazed with the increase of newbie bloggers. There are thousands of blogs being created every single day. However, most of these bloggers are being wrongly motivated that blogging = quick money.
That’s absolutely WRONG! If any of you made a $500 through blogging within a month of your blogging carrier, please leave be a comment at the end of this post.
I’m not telling you it’s impossible… But it’s not logic…
Start your blogging journey with the right motivation and mind set. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Blogging is a media or a platform where you share your knowledge about certain niche and how it can help your fellow readers.
So, let’s get started with these practical tips for newbie bloggers.
Write Down Your Goals! Just Write It Down Now
Before you start blogging, it’s important for you to set your short-term and long-term goals. Implementing your goals will assure greater chances of success because you know what you should do from the beginning. Always implement realistic goals. Don’t just jump on and set a goal to earn $1000 within the first month of blogging. Sit down write down on a piece of paper of what you can accomplish in your blogging carrier within the first six months. Then, go on writing your goals for a year. Once you have written your realistic goals stick it on your computer desk. Keep looking at your goals every day to get you inspired and self-motivated.
Master Your Niche
You don’t have to be a maha guru in your niche. However, certain level of expertise is important to start a blog on your desired niche. Not all bloggers born as an expert. You just need to keep learning. Let me give you a small technique that I used when I started blogging. You need to understand that most of the bloggers out there became more skillful reading other blogger’s blog post. By reading other blogs related to the niche you’re blogging about, will not only improve your knowledge but also gives you an idea for the next blog post you’re going to write.
Keep Your Blog Post Short and Simple
Most of the bloggers out there might suggest newbie bloggers to write long blog post. However, I will suggest you to keep your blog post short and simple. The main reason to keep it short is to reduce your spelling and grammatical errors. When there are excess of spelling and grammatical errors, your blog post will look ugly. I admit not every blogger is native born writers, but keeping your blog short and simple will minimize the errors your make.
Next, think from a reader’s point of view. Most of the readers will look for a simple solution for their problems unless your blog is talking about technical issues. If your blog post is too lengthy, your prospect readers won’t be bothered to read your blog post. Just bear in mind to keep your blog post short and simple. I will highly suggest you to write not more than 600 words. There are niches where 250-300 words should be efficient enough!
Be Consistent and Persistent
Consistent and persistent is very important for newbie bloggers. When we’re to talk about persistent, it’s about how much effort you’re putting into your blogging? As a newbie blogger you should blog at least one blog post 2 days once. I’ve heard expert bloggers suggest newbie bloggers to write blog post on daily basis. However, sometime writing quality blog post is more important than the quantity of your blog posts. Being consistent is just about how you maintain the quality of your blog? Is your blog providing high quality post? If yes, you’re being a consistent blogger. And readers love consistent bloggers because they always provide the best reading material for them.
The most consistent blogger I ever encountered is Pat Flynn. Each and every blog post he writes will be simply explosive!
Contribute to High Authority Blogs
Contributing to high authority blog or commonly known as guest blogging is very important for newbie bloggers. Guest blogging is one of the best way to attract more visitors to your blog within a short period of time. But, not all guest post win the heart of other blog readers. You need to analyse what type of writing style the blog author is using to attract his readers. Make sure you understand and saturate the writing style of the particular blog and redirect them to your blog.
Most of the newbie bloggers who are starting out always fail and give up because of their negative mind set of getting rich quick. Be a dedicated bloggers. Concentrate on giving valuable information for your readers. The most important characteristic that you should have to become a successful blogger are:
- Be confident
- Be Dedicated
- Be Open Minded
- Accept Negative Critiques
- Learn, learn and keep learning!